Can the Baltimore prosecutor win her case?

Were her charges politically motivated, or perhaps calculated to calm protests? Had she overcharged the officers, picking unfair charges, or ones she couldn’t win? Did she move too fast to charge the officers?

The answer to some of those questions is probably yes, says David Jaros, an associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law: There’s good reason to think that Mosby was driven by political considerations, and it’s quite possible that the charges she filed against the officers are stronger than she can get a conviction for. While that’s cause for concern, it’s also absolutely typical in criminal cases involving defendants who aren’t police, Jaros says. Prosecutors commonly overcharge, they don’t always wait for a thorough investigation, and they are susceptible to outside influence…

In other words: The justice system works for police the way that it is supposed to work for ordinary citizens.